One week to go!

Current WIP count: 12

I’m not panicking, why would I be panicking, are you panicking?

My Dad’s hat just needs 3 more centimetres before I start decreasing. And it looks like I’ll have to get the train down to my parents rather than driving so I’ll have plenty of time to finish it.

I hit a slight snag with the bracelets when the covering kept unwinding from the elastic, making it too wide to fit through the bead holes, but I gave the ends a quick coat in clear nail varnish and now I’m rolling. These will be done in a couple of hours, max.

There’s been a slight reprieve with baby Flax Light. My friend hasn’t had chance to sort all her Christmas shopping, so we’re having a meet up in the new year to exchange presents instead of making this week more stressful than it needs to be. So I now have an extra week or two to get these sleeves finished and I can focus on other presents, yay!

My running hat now looks like this, and I’m trying to decide whether to give it ribbing or not. Thoughts?

Also, I’m a glutton for punishment and started ANOTHER gift. In black. The yarn is Paintbox Simply Chunky so it should work up pretty quick. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Hannah

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Brick by brick

When me and my siblings were younger, Dad used to lay a duvet down on the floor and empty out two crates of Lego onto it. We would sit on that duvet for hours at a time, building and deconstructing and rebuilding over and over again. My favourite was making a house with the bricks in proper bricklaying formation, with one red and yellow window that opened and clicked shut.

So there’s always been a strong connection in my mind; when I see Lego I think of my dad. Of course I had to translate that into crochet. I present for your viewing pleasure one finished Lego blanket.

This project is particularly special to me (aside from the fact that I made it for my dad) because it’s entirely of my own devising. I designed the bricks, I created the layout, I worked out the border. It’s all mine! I mean I’ve designed things before obviously, but nothing on this scale.

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It’s made of 198 individual bricks, joined with the magical mattress stitch. I even included some little half bricks.

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The border is an extension of the brick pattern, to try to make it look like one of those big base pieces I always used to build my Lego houses on.

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As much as possible I used up bits and bobs of acrylic from my stash so it’s difficult to say exactly how many skeins went into making it. They were apparently all chunky yarns, but the thickness varied so widely that I had to double up with some of them.

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One day I’m going to make another one using just one yarn brand, and oh how easy that will be!

Stats:

Size – 90cm x 150cm

Yarn – Paintbox Simply Chunky, Hayfield Bonus Chunky, unknown deep-stash

Material – 100% acrylic

Hook size – 5.5mm and 6mm

Stitches – hdc and bobble stitch

Hannah

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